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"Four US states are considering new legislation about teaching science in schools, allowing pupils to be taught religious versions of how life on earth developed in what critics say would establish a backdoor way of questioning the theory of evolution," the Guardian (January 13, 2013) summarizes.
House Resolution 41, introduced in the United States House of Representatives on January 22, 2013, would, if passed, express the House's support of designating February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day, and its recognition of "Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge."
A pair of new polls offers insights on public opinion about climate change.
Climate of Doubt, the Frontline documentary on the promulgation of climate change denial that aired on October 23, 2012, is now available on-line. The documentary focuses on how, over the last four years, climate change deniers mobilized, framed their tactics, and undermined public and political acceptance of the global scientific consensus on climate change.
Encouraging news about the level of public acceptance of climate change in the United States is at hand.
The Darwin Day Roadshow is returning! The Roadshow is a project of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, in which NESCent staff shares their enthusiasm for evolutionary science with students, teachers, and the general public on the occasion of Charles Darwin's birthday, February 12.
Almost three in four of Americans accept recent global warming, according to a new poll conducted for the Washington Post and Stanford University — but only three in ten agree that it is mainly due to human activity.